Ahead of the December 2 release of his Bring Down The Walls EP for Osiris, UK producer Killawatt (a.k.a. Matthew Watt) has shared a cut from the record. Opening with a distorted drone which pans from side to side, "1625" lurches toward a ferocious industrial beat. Field-recorded voices and background textures remain constant through the song's slow and mesmerizing shift from boisterous locked grooves to pounding, untamed techno. Killawatt slowly compresses his mix around the drum pattern as it tumbles onto the downbeat, dragging the hollowed-out track to its pressurized conclusion.
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After a brief hiatus, London label Concrete Cut will relaunch early next month with the five-track Broadband EP from Polish producer/DJ Tom Encore (pictured above). Alongside Encore's two original tracks for the effort will be a trio of remixes, including this menacing production courtesy of Croydon's Deft. Though he keeps things very much heavy-handed, Deft replaces the garage skip of Encore's original tune with a never-ending array of shape-shifting percussion. The switch keeps the remix at a breakneck pace while also showcasing both Deft's ability to create brooding sonic force and his keen sense for textural ambience. This extra-strength rework should fit nicely alongside those from Kodiak and Bambooman, which are also set to appear on the Broadband EP when it drops on December 2. In the meantime, a preview of the forthcoming record (including its remixes) can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Budding producer Pedestrian has certainly made the most of 2013, adding releases for Born Electric and 2nd Drop to his run, as well as having his "Hoyle Road" tune appear early on in Breach's recent DJ-Kicks mix. "Wood Eye" is a new one-off freebie from the UK talent, a track which defly chops an array of vocal and melodic lines around a clattering procession of relaxed rhythms. With its thick, gooey low end and spacious wash of refracted jazz and soul, "Wood Eye" is the kind of electronic production that invites listeners to sink deep into its sonic landscape.
On his recently released Custom Hype EP for Astro Nautico, Pennsylvania-based producer Chits has crafted a signature sound out of techno/hip-hop hybrids that rely on slowly unraveling emotive melodies. This remix of his "Looking So Good" tune by Mess Kid (pictured above) stretches that formula out over an increasingly active beat. Sliding drum and vocal patterns intertwine and break apart before a spongey kick establishes the production's consistent bottom end. Mess Kid explores the spaces between each instrument in his remix, breaking down the track into a submerged house cut before finally rushing toward a robust finish.
Enigmatic UK producer Imami doesn't commit to any specific style or genre on Madhouse, his debut EP set to release via Druid Cloak's Apothecary Compositions imprint on November 25. "Melted Love," one of the record's five original tracks, finds Imami flirting with shuffling kick patterns, a repeating vocal phrase, and gritty hi-hats while a major key vibraphone melody lackadaisically moves in and out of the mix. The track's seemingly random assortment of elements provides an ear-catching contrast, and eventually moves into a mild-mannered breakdown before retracing its footsteps back to the opening arrangement.
It was only a few weeks ago that we offered the warped and sinewy "Blacklight" from Victoria producer okpk, so its fitting that we've now been treated to a similarly immersive track from his Low Indigo labelmate Kline. The sluggish tempo of "Heartless," taken from the Vancouver producer's Mirror EP, highlights the low-end girth of the tune's submerged synth pads and heartbeat-like pulse, and draws the listener in close. And once our interest is piqued, Kline goes for broke, introducing a sweeping white noise transition and a squealing, resonant synthline that brings the tension of "Heartless" to soaring heights.
It wasn't long ago that we shared the bright, garage-inspired Oushe remix of "Things Don't Change," a track from London producer Mella Dee's EP of the same name. In the interim, the UK tunesmith has returned to his partnership with Woozee, called Mista Men, and the two artists have kindly shared "Screw Ball," a track taken from their recently released Hot Haus EP. Unlike Mella Dee's more garage-inspired workouts, "Screw Ball" finds the pair working with more traditional house tropes, weaving a high-energy chord progression around a thumping beat that anchors the track's clean sonics. Mista Men work in a few nuanced details, too, like the sporadic appearance of a crisp vibraslap that adds an unusual flavor to "Screw Ball"'s dancefloor-centric sonic palette. The entirety of the pair's Hot Haus EP can be streamed below. Read more »
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